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4-year animal cruelty sentence for Hill District man illegal: court |

4-year animal cruelty sentence for Hill District man illegal: court

The Tribune-Review
| Wednesday, April 2, 2008 12:00 p.m

A state appeals court ruled Tuesday that a sentence imposed on a Hill District man for nearly starving to death his dog was illegal.

John Lee, 46, was convicted in March 2007 of a single charge of cruelty to animals and was sentenced by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Lawrence J. O’Toole to four years of probation and ordered to pay $3,156 in restitution to Animal Friends, which treated the boxer.

The appeals court said that four years of probation exceeds the statutory maximum and that Lee must be resentenced. The restitution order was upheld.

Police found the starved and emaciated dog in Lee’s basement in 2006.

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